Jean Harlow

Actor, Author
Before Turner Before Monr Before Mansfield - Jean Harlow was the original "Blonde Bombshell," with luminous skin swathed in white satin gowns, kewpie doll red lips, and that trendsetting platinum blonde hair. This ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Libeled Lady 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Suzy 1935 (Movie)

Suzy Trent (Actor)

China Seas 1934 (Movie)

China Doll (Actor)

Dinner at Eight 1932 (Movie)

Kitty Packard (Actor)

Red Dust 1931 (Movie)

Vantine (Actor)

Goldie 1930 (Movie)

Goldie (Actor)

The Public Enemy 1930 (Movie)

Gwen Allen (Actor)

Hell's Angels 1929 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Close Harmony (Movie)

(Actor)

Hold Your Man (Movie)

Ruby Adams (Actor)

New York Nights (Movie)

(Actor)

Personal Property (Movie)

Crystal Wetherby (Actor)

Platinum Blonde (Movie)

Anne Schuyler (Actor)

Red Headed Woman (Movie)

Lil Andrews (Actor)

Saratoga (Movie)

Carol Clayton (Actor)

The Beast of the City (Movie)

Daisy Stevens (Actor)

The Girl from Missouri (Movie)

Eadie Chapman (Actor)

The Love Parade (Movie)

Audience Member (Actor)

The Saturday Night Kid (Movie)

Hazel (Actor)

The Secret Six (Movie)

Anne Courtland (Actor)

Three Wise Girls (Movie)

Cassie Barnes (Actor)

Wife vs. Secretary (Movie)

Helen "Whitey" Wilson (Actor)

Biography

Before Turner Before Monr Before Mansfield - Jean Harlow was the original "Blonde Bombshell," with luminous skin swathed in white satin gowns, kewpie doll red lips, and that trendsetting platinum blonde hair. This golden girl tantalized movieg rs early on in her career with revealing costumes and sensational movie lines such as, "Would you be shocked if I changed into something more comfortable?" in her breakout film, "Hell's Angels" (1930). But unlike other Hollywood sirens, Harlow displayed real comedic chops, most notably in the films "Dinner at Eight" (1933), "Libeled Lady" (1936) and those she made with Clark Gable, such as "Red Dust" (1932) and "China Seas" (1935). Throughout her decade-long acting career, Harlow made 36 movies, received countless accolades, including landing the cover of <i>LIFE</i> magazine - a first for any movie actress - and was one of the most widely loved stars in town; certainly on her home lot of MGM. To her family and colleagues, the endearing actress was simply known as "the Baby" - a sweet, unassuming woman who was nothing like the vamp she played onscreen. Despite her mysterious death at age 26 of what was essentially kidney failure, Harlow would not be forgotten, with the American Film Institute voting her No. 22 on their esteemed list of the "50 Greatest Stars of the Cinema" some 60 years after her tragic death.

Relationships

Marino Bello

Step-Father

Paul Bern Screenwriter

Husband
Married July 2, 1932 until his suicide two months later Sept. 5, 1932

Montclair Carpenter

Father
born in 1877 died in 1972

Jean Carpenter

Mother
died in 1958

Donald Friede

Companion
Briefly dated 1937

Charles McGrew

Husband
Married Sept. 27, 1927 Divorced 1930

William Powell Actor

Companion
Played opposite each other in "Reckless" (1935) and "Libeled Lady" (1936) Engaged at time of her death 1937

Harold Rosson Director of Photography

Husband
Married Sept. 13, 1933 Divorced March 11, 1934

EDUCATION

Ferry Hall School

Chicago, Illinois

Hollywood School for Girls

Hollywood, California

Milestones

1993

Was the subject of a TV biography aired on TNT and hosted by actress Sharon Stone, "Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell"

1965

Was the subject of two inaccurate feature film biopics of her life; both films were named "Harlow"; she was played by Carol Lynley in one and by Carroll Baker in the other

1937

Last film, "Saratoga"

1935

Legally changed name to Jean Harlow, abandoned her famous platinum blonde hair for her natural honey blonde

1934

Went on strike for better roles and better salary

1934

Co-authored novel "Today is Tonight" with Carey Wilson (published 1965)

1933

Made exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars

1932

Signed MGM contract; assured star status with films "Red-Headed Woman" and "Red Dust"

1930

Attracted attention with a role in Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels" as a vamp who comes between two brothers during WWI

1928

Began playing bit parts in Laurel and Hardy shorts and such features as "The Saturday Night Kid"

1921

Briefly moved to California from the Midwest with her mother

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